Local Projects Deliver Safer Communities in Capricornia
A local school and a religious organisation have received funding from the Federal Government’s $41.9 million Safer Communities Fund.
Round four of the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund aims to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said the Safer Communities Fund is delivering on the Government’s commitment to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.
“We have already seen 340 projects funded under the first three rounds, and round four is allowing more schools, places of worship and community organisations to help protect Australians from harm” Assistant Minister Wood said.
Federal Member for Capricornia and Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry today announced that Heights College has secured $225,000 to fund a new security fence around the school and the Islamic Society of Central Queensland secured $65,000 for the Safer Children and Resilient Youth project at the Rockhampton Mosque.
“The construction of the security fence at Heights College projects aims to enhance safety and security in the school,” Ms Landry said.
“It is our priority to ensure that children in our community are safe from attacks, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.”
Headmaster of Heights College, Darren Lawson said the construction of the fence will bring immediate benefits to the school.
“This fence will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of our students and staff who have experienced abuse, threats and actual violence from regular trespassers including that associated with a racial and religious intolerance,” Mr Lawson said.
The Australian Government has committed a further $55.1 million for round five of the Safer Communities Fund, which opened on 29th October 2019 and will close on 10th December 2019.
More information for Round 5 of the Safer Communities Fund is available at www.business.gov.au